Vegetarian Crock Pot Recipes: Soup, Stew, and Chili

Crock pots (or slow cookers) are amazing tools for cutting grocery costs and feeding a family for less. After getting a new slow cooker last year, I’ve been amazed with the delicious, easy, healthy, and cheap family meals I’ve prepared in zero time with few cooking skills. I wrote a little post singing the praises of my favorite kitchen tool in 6 reasons to use a slow cooker – in case you need convincing.

Since cooking slow is a delicious way to prepare vegetarian meals, I’ve gone super veggie by including FOUR vegetarian recipes for your dining pleasure. If you’d prefer chicken or beef, then try these recipes for Pot Roast and Southwestern Chicken Soup. Now, on to the veggie goodness!

Recipe: Slow Cooker Mediterranean Stew

I love this healthy, cheap, and easy stew that’s ready to serve when I get home from work. This Mediterranean stew slow cooker recipe is rich with flavor, bursting with color, and it won’t leave your wallet hungry. Add some cooked brown rice or serve with quinoa for a change in taste. Yum!

slow_cooker_vegetarian_stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 butternut squash, cubed and peeled
  • 2 cups eggplant, cubed with peel
  • 2 cups zucchini, cubed
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed>
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Instructions:

  1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, combine eggplant, butternut squash, zucchini, green peas, canned tomatoes, onion, carrot, broth, raisins, and garlic. Add and stir cumin, turmeric, red chilies, and paprika.
  2. vegetarian_stew_crock_pot

  3. Cover, and cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours (or until vegetables are tender).
  4. slow_cooker_mediterranean_stew_chopped

TIP: Don’t want mushy zucchini? Then add your zucchini in the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Recipe: Crock Pot Chili (Vegetarian)

You won’t miss the meat in this crock pot chili recipe – promise! When I make this chili recipe I like to use a 6 qt slow cooker to make extra and then freeze for family meals later in the month. Now let’s get down to bean-iness!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can chick peas, drained
  • 1 can vegetarian baked brown beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

Instructions:

  1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, combine kidney beans, chick peas, tomatoes, baked beans, onion, corn, green pepper, and celery. Add and stir chili powder, garlic, basil, oregano, and parsley.
  2. slow_cooker_chili

  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours (or until vegetables are tender).

Recipe: Slow Cooker White Bean and Fennel Soup

This crock pot recipe for white bean and fennel soup has been a favorite of mine for decades. There’s just something soothing about slow cooked fennel broth and juicy white kidney beans. If I’m feeling fun I’ll use the tomatoes I froze from my organic garden. The recipe pictured uses yellow and red beefsteak tomatoes from last fall’s tomato harvest. Mix in some cooked quinoa or rice to extend this healthy family meal.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium bulb fennel, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans white kidney beans, drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, combine vegetable broth, tomatoes, fennel, beans, onion, black pepper, and garlic.
  2. prepare_bean_fennel_soup

  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours, or HIGH for 3 to 3.5 hours.
  4. slow_cooker_bean_fennel_soup

  5. Add thawed spinach. Cover and cook for 1 hour on HIGH or 2 hours on LOW.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup

This is a super simple black bean soup recipe for your family to try. Feel free to add more or less spice for your taste. Whenever I make recipes calling for beans I opt to soak and cook dried beans – but use canned beans if you’re short on time!

slow_cooker_black_bean_soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry lentils
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice OR quinoa
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Instructions:

    1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, combine canned or cooked black beans, carrot, celery, onion, green peppers, jalapeno pepper, lentils, and tomatoes. Add and stir chili powder, salt, black pepper, cumin, garlic, and oregano.
    2. black_bean_soup_prepare

    3. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. Stir the quinoa OR rice into the crock pot in the last 30 minutes of cooking.
    4. crock_pot_black_bean_soup

    5. Blend or puree around 1/3 of the soup with a food processor or hand blender, then return to the pot before serving.

    Do you love your slow cooker for vegetarian cooking? Got a favorite recipe? Share away!

    Your two cents:

    1. Chiot's Run April 6th, 2009

      MMMMM, the white bean soup looks especially delicious.

    2. Kerry April 6th, 2009

      @Chiot’s Run The white bean soup is my personal favorite. I love fennel. :D

    3. Joni April 7th, 2009

      I am trying the white bean today. And I wanted to add that I LOVE the photos! Any of your photos are so beautiful — and as I’ve mentioned in an email before, I love pics of your “pup” as I am a cattle dog lover too! Hugs, Joni

    4. DavidV April 7th, 2009

      Thank you, I was thinking this weekend about a slow cooker, after seeing one on sale at Zellers, but I didn’t know of any good recipes.

    5. DavidV April 7th, 2009

      Sorry one last comment. I am usually out of the house for 11 hours a day (when you figure in travel), some of these recipes are 6 hour on low or 8 hour on low. What would happen if they get left in their earlier? Any other option for those of us who work longer than 8 hours?

    6. Aman@BullsBattleBears April 7th, 2009

      those are some really great veg alternatives from the ones you posted last week. This are healthier options that are easy on the stomach. Now I need to decide which one to try first! lol.

    7. Kerry April 7th, 2009

      @Joni I’m thrilled you enjoy my attempts at photography. I admit I try really hard to get you guys some decent shots to enjoy.

      I’m with you on the awesomeness of cattle dogs! I’d love a second one but I think I’ll wait a little while before adopting again. I’ll try and do another photo shoot with “Tivo” – but she always looks so miserable when I take her picture. Guess she’s anti paparazzi. ;)

      @DavidV You ask awesome questions. When shopping for a slow cooker consider getting one with a removable crock and a timer. When you are away for 11-hours I’d suggest making only veggie meals and setting your crock (with timer) to start 2 hours into your day. To delay start a meat dish is probably not safe due to bacterial issues. Another alternative is to slow cook a recipe with more root veggies or to chop your veggies thicker. Thicker cut veggies take longer to cook. Hope this helps!

      @Aman I too enjoy the veggie meals. I tend to cook more veggie meals with beans these days. :D

    8. Sagan April 7th, 2009

      Ooh tasty, thanks for these great ideas! I don’t make use of my slow cooker as much as I ought to.

    9. Jules April 8th, 2009

      Oh yum! I’ve been thinking of buying us a slow cooker for quite a while, but I was a little apprehensive of spending so much (what’s it say about our finances when 30 euros is “a big purchase”?* :-) ) for something that might not get used. Your recipes have definitely added a new dimension to the utility of a slow cooker, and we’ll definitely get one soon!

    10. Saver Queen April 8th, 2009

      I’ve been making lots of these types of meals – great, hearty veggie stews and soups are the way to go. And unfortunately, the weather here is still cold and snowy so warm comfort soup is still well suited to the weather.

      Jules – definitely consider buying a used one! That should save you some money. I buy most of my kitchen equipment used. It’s easy to find!

    11. TStrump April 10th, 2009

      Yumm!
      I’m trying to cut my meat intake down so a tasty veggie stew is perfect!

    12. Dana April 18th, 2009

      I just stumbled across your site. Love it! We eat so very little meat in our house, so it’s wonderful to find a site with some delicious veg soup/stew recipes. Thank you.

    13. dawn April 25th, 2009

      Since becoming vegetarian over a year ago I haven’t had much opportunity to drag out the old crock pot. Thanks so much for these recipes!

    14. Vivien July 9th, 2009

      I am thrilled to have found your web site. found it when looking for dehydrated granola bar recipe. I love cooked beans and I am learning to cook them so they are really tasty. It is an art, so thank you for your tips.
      Can you please tell me, what the white things are on the side of the crock pot chilli recipe. IT looks like something sprouted and delicious….
      I have one request though, can you make a tab at the top of the page for recipes? It would make it much easier to access them. At present i dont know where to look apart from doing a google ..
      thankyou again great site
      Vivien

    15. Kerry July 9th, 2009

      Hi Vivien! It’s nice to meet you! You can find all my recipes in this categoryFood and Diet so you won’t have to search around. The yummy sprouted white things are actually a pseudo grain called Quinoa! It’s yummy and I like to eat it instead of rice because it is gluten free. I give instructions on How To Cook Quinoa here. I love your idea of adding a recipe tab on the site. I’ll do it! Great suggestion!

    16. Vivien July 11th, 2009

      Hi Fox,
      I am dying to try your recipe “Crock Pot CHilli” with Quinoa. I am having a thai chick pea and kidney bean curry tonight with Quinoa cooked as you suggested. I love the suggestion to have it as a breakfast food, Hubby will love that as well as he is not fond of oats so has rice for breakfast. Thanks also for the tips on bean cooking. Great site will call back again soon
      vivien

    17. Anita November 4th, 2009

      @DavidV – I also generally work longer than 8 hours and something I’ve done with veg recipes (though I think it would also be safe with meat recipes) is to prep everything the night before, put it in the insert and put the insert in the fridge. Since you’ll be starting out with your pan and ingredients cold, it will take a bit longer (maybe 1-2 hours?) and since it is cold to start out with, I think it may be safe to do with meat.

    18. Wanda Sibalski November 3rd, 2010

      These are great recipes. I belong to a grain CSA and have MANY pounds of wheat berries and barley. Do you have crock pot recipes for them?

    19. Larry T April 3rd, 2011

      Does anybody know what size cans of diced tomatoes for these recipes? I want to try cooking these, they look yummy!

    20. Carla @ Yorkshire Pantry August 5th, 2011

      Wow. I love these recipes no more boring vegetarian dishes for me now I have found your site. Slow cooking suits my lifestyle and I think I could even tempt my husband with the Mediteranean stew.

    21. Tara Ruth September 14th, 2011

      I have only recently started reading your blog and am loving all the slow cooker ideas. It’s fall here and that always makes me want to start to cook and freeze for winter, especially now with a new baby! We are trying to cut back on the red meat for our health and wallet’s sakes, so I can’t wait to try out some new bean and vegetarian recipes. I just wish I was at home this week to get started instead of away for work!

    22. Newfidadian December 20th, 2011

      Hi Kerry!

      Novice cook here…What size cans of diced tomatoes (& white kidney beans) do you use for your Slow Cooker White Bean & Fennel Soup: 398 ml or 796 ml (28 fl oz) each?

    23. Kristen November 5th, 2013

      Is there no broth in the black bean recipe? I made it today and it turned out like a bean dip. A tasty bean dip, for sure, but for the life of me I can’t figure out where I went wrong. Thanks!

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